Titles in this set:
- The Rabbit Tale
- The Wish Fish
- How Zebras Got Their Stripes
- The Little Giraffe
- The Dragon and the Phoenix
- The Chilly Little penguin
- The Little Red Hen
- The Lion And The Mouse
- The Ant And The Grasshopper
- Chicken Licken
- The Scaredy Cat
- The King’s Pudding
- The Goose That Laid The Golden Eggs
- The Musicians Of Bremen
- The Leopard And The Sky God
- The Hare And The Tortoise
- The Ugly Duckling
- The Town Mouse And The Country Mouse
- The Emperor And The Nightingale
- Androcles & the Lion
- The Owl & the Pussycat
- Animal Legends
- Puss in Boots
- Stories of Magical Animals
- Billy Goats Gruff
- Stories of Ponies
- Stories of Unicorns
- Stories of Dragons
- Stories of Dinosaurs
The Rabbit Tale
This is a charming retelling of the traditional folktale, perfectly matched with witty illustrations by Fred Blunt. Rabbit’s burrow is far too small so he goes to Wise Owl for advice. But is Owl serious when he tells Rabbit to invite all his friends and family to stay? It includes easy-to-read text, with fun comprehension puzzles at the end. It is a wonderful addition to the Usborne First Reading series, developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, Principal Lecturer and reading specialist at the University of Roehampton.
The Wish Fish
Bob and Bet catch a magical fish who grants wishes – an amusing story based on a folktale. First Reading Level 1 are real books for beginner readers to tackle with very light support.
How Zebras Got Their Stripes
The African folktale retold for beginner readers ready to tackle slightly more complicated storylines and sentence structures. Once upon a time, zebras didn’t have stripes. Then along came a greedy baboon…
The Little Giraffe
A retelling of an African folktale about how the first, littlest giraffe became tall after a chance meeting with a wise old man. First Reading Level 2 are real books for beginner readers ready to tackle more complicated storylines and sentence structures.
The Dragon and the Phoenix
A retelling of a Chinese folktale about a dragon, a phoenix, the Queen of Heaven and a very special pebble…
The Chilly Little penguin
A wintery tale for beginner readers ready to tackle more complicated storylines and sentence structures. Perry the penguin has a very special reason for wanting to get warm. Can he find a way to take the chill off his frosty flippers?
Did you know that there are only eight different kinds of bears in the world? Find out where they live, what they eat and how baby bears spend their first day in the outside world.
The Little Red Hen
Who will help the Little Red Hen plant some grains of wheat? Not one of her three best friends. Find out what she does next in this lively retelling, specially written for children who are just learning to read.
The Lion And The Mouse
It’s tough in the wild, whether you’re a tiny mouse or a big, scary lion. But friends can be found in the strangest of places. Aesop’s charming fable is specially retold for beginner readers in this lively retelling.
The Ant And The Grasshopper
Grasshopper sings all summer, happy and carefree. Ant is busy, busy, busy, collecting food for winter. But what will Grasshopper do when winter comes? Find out in this lively retelling of the classic Aesop’s fable, specially written for beginner readers.
Chicken Licken thinks the sky is falling down and runs to warn the king, but are he and his friends running into danger? First Reading Level Three titles help beginner readers develop reading stamina and include character sheets or maps and the main story.
The Scaredy Cat
The humorous story of Stanley the scaredy cat told with elements of repetition to help beginner readers develop confidence and reading stamina. Stanley is a cat who’s scared of everything, so a dark house full of strange noises is the last place he wants to be. But Stanley must face his fears to save the day.
The King’s Pudding
A traditional tale from Indonesia told with elements of repetition to help beginner readers develop confidence and reading stamina. The jungle is a dangerous place, especially when there’s a hungry tiger on the prowl. But can Little Deer’s quick-thinking outwit him?
The Goose That Laid The Golden Eggs
Poor Tom and Elena can’t believe their luck when their goose lays a golden egg, but what happens when one golden egg a day just isn’t enough?
The Musicians Of Bremen
When life on the farm becomes too dangerous for a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster, they decide to join a band – but the band are really a rascally gang of robbers!
The Leopard And The Sky God
Leopard loves to bang his drum, but when he refuses to share it with the Sky God, he finds himself in a lot of trouble! Based on a West African folktale.
The Hare And The Tortoise
“I’m so fast!” boasts Hare. “Humph!” says Tortoise, in a grump. “Hare, I challenge you to a race!” But who will win? Find out in this lively retelling of the classic Aesop’s Fable, specially written for children who are just learning to read, with charming illustrations by John Joven throughout.
The Ugly Duckling
When Mother Duck’s eggs hatch, one duckling is different from the others. He is big and scruffy. Wherever he goes, nobody wants the Ugly Duckling. Will he ever find any friends of his own? Find out in this retelling of the classic fairy tale
The Town Mouse And The Country Mouse
Town Mouse loves to live the high life, while his cousin Country Mouse prefers a quieter life. When the two visit each other’s homes, will they realise that sometimes differences aren’t always a bad thing? Find out in this lively retelling of the classic story
The Emperor And The Nightingale
The classic Hans Christian Andersen story retold with simple text for children just beginning to read. The nightingale sings so sweetly that everyone loves to hear her song. But when the Emperor of China receives a new dazzling mechanical songbird made from gold and rubies, he has eyes for nothing else. What will become of the little nightingale now?
Androcles & the Lion
Aesop’s fable of kindness and friendship retold with simple text to help beginner readers develop reading stamina. It’s a hard life being a slave in Ancient Rome. So Androcles escapes to the forest – and comes face to face with a lion. But could the mighty beast and the runaway slave help each other out?
The Owl & the Pussycat
Edward Lear’s best-loved nonsense poem about the magical adventure of the Owl and the Pussycat who went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat
Three light-hearted animal legends for children who have just started to read alone. Find out why cats and rats were once best friends, why monkeys now live in trees and how rabbits made sure that crocodiles stay in the river.
Puss in Boots
A much-loved favourite, telling the story of a talking, boot-wearing cat whose wily ways take his master on an exciting adventure, encountering an ogre, a king, and a princess along the way.
Stories of Magical Animals
original stories of magical creatures from faraway lands told for children just beginning to read. Featuring unicorns, flying horses and a creature that’s half-lion, half-eagle, these stories are guaranteed to enthral children.
Billy Goats Gruff
The three Billy Goats Gruff were leaving their farm to look for food. As they crossed a river, they came face to fang with the Terrible Troll… A delightful retelling of the much-loved classic tale with easy-reading text for children who have just started reading on their own.
Stories of Ponies
Collects three stories about three ponies—one of whom has surprising talents, one who is nothing but trouble, and one who needs a small helping hand.
Stories of Unicorns
Three original stories based on traditional myths surrounding the ever-alluring unicorn. Meet the unicorn who befriends a kitchen maid, the unicorn who outwits a greedy hunter and the unicorn who simply loves strawberries.
Stories of Dragons
Three hilarious, original tales of some not-so-scary mythical fire-breathing beasts. Stan must outwit a dragon to feed his hungry children. Victor must persuade two dragons not to eat him. And Tom, who caught a worm-dragon fishing, must somehow get rid of it. Will they succeed?
Stories of Dinosaurs
Three original stories for children who have just started reading on their own. Stories feature wrestling raptors, a hilarious tale of vegetarian dinosaurs and a prehistoric egg hatching in a modern museum. Includes a pronunciation guide to help young readers say the dinosaur names.